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Cebu: Casa Verde

Ambiance:  American-style casual dining.  I loved their wall where they feature travel memorabilia from all over the world.

I had their David Dean’s Tenderloin described in the menu as single USDA steak on top of a mound of mashed potatoes and topped with cheese.  It was served with brown sauce and garnished with fried onions and roasted almonds.

I requested for a medium well doneness but when I ate it, the meat was a little tough.  The fried onions lacked crunchiness but the sauce was terrific.  I loved their mashed potatoes too.

Members of our group also ordered The Mighty Ton described in their official website as a kilo of USDA tenderloin patty stuffed in their homemade 12-inch bun with all the trimmings of 125 grams of bacon, an overload of American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sautéed onions and mushrooms and paired with cheese fries (you can opt for barbecue or sour cream).

It was the biggest burger I’ve ever seen in my life!  It’s so big that our group of six girls could not finish it.  And to show you how big it was, here’s another photo.

The patty was delicious but the bun was too thick.  I loved the cheese and bacon though but did not like that the cheese on their fries coagulated that the fries were left unseasoned with it.

Visit Casa Verde in Ayala Cebu’s The Terraces at Stall 304.  You may contact them through +63 32 233 8885 or visit their official website by clicking HERE.

Aklan: Kitty’s Kitchen

Ambiance:  Casual dining.  The restaurant serves ribs, burgers, pasta, and other meals.

I love this wooden decor on their wall.

What I had:  I ordered their monster burger that they boasted as “one of the biggest burgers” one will ever have.  I was thus expecting a really big and filling burger but was disappointed when it was served.

The bun was big all right but that’s the only thing that’s big on my meal.  The patties were thin and tasteless and burnt even when I requested for them to be done medium well.  The accompanying meager serving of potatoes were sliced so thin a couple had gone crunchy.  Ever the cheese lover, I was expecting the cheese to be delicious but it was bland (Kraft Cheddar would have tasted yummier).  Then there’s the dollop of ketchup and mayonnaise that made the presentation tacky.

For my drinks, I had their coffee shake that was rather sweet.

Since I was not very happy with my burger, I ordered French Fries smothered in cheese and I must say that this saved my somewhat disappointing dining experience in this restaurant.

The fries were done well (crunchiness and taste-wise) and the generous serving of cheese and what tasted like tomato salsa complemented it.  It was so yummy I scraped the cheese and salsa off the plate with my last remaining fries.

Service:  The service was slow considering that I was the only customer there (later joined by my cousin).  The staff also didn’t care if they were horsing around within view of their guest but this may be because they thought I could not understand them talking in their dialect.

Kitty’s Kitchen is located in Rizal Street, Kalibo, Aklan.  Contact them through +63 36 268 9444.

Cebu: Surfin’ Ribs

The ambiance:  Casual open-air dining.

What I had:  I ordered Pete’s Ribs, which was described in their menu as hearty pork richly seasoned with select spices and slowly grilled until tender.  It was served in Spicy or Original flavor and with rice or mashed potatoes and corn and carrots.  As I have low tolerance for spicy food, I chose mine in Original flavor and with mashed potatoes.

When it was served, I was surprised at its serving because at Php169.00, it was quite a serving (way bigger than Kenny Roger’s and yummier too).  The meat was tender and flavorful though some may find it a little sweet.

I was also able to taste their Crispy Pata and it was quite a treat as well because the pork skin was crunchy and the meat tasty.

The service:  This I think is their Achilles heel.  The staff do not know how to anticipate their customers’ need that we had to tell them we need glasses, ice, additional menu, etc.  It was also quite slow though it’s pretty understandable considering that the place was jam-packed.

Cons:  The restaurant not being air-conditioned and a little cramped that it could get very humid.  The staff also need more training on customer relations.

Pros:  The delicious and very affordable food.  Convenient location as it’s walking distance from Ayala Center Cebu.

Tips:  Do make reservations because the place is really teeming with patrons.  We were there on a Friday and people were lining up and willing to wait for their turn.  Surfin’ Ribs serves beer by the bucket so the place is perfect for an inuman session with friends.  But if you prefer to dine here sans the chaos, visit them during lunch time.

Surfin’ Ribs is located at G & A Arcade, N. Escario corner Tojong Streets, Cebu City.  Contact them via +639179371495 or click HERE to visit their official Facebook page.